Viz Engine Administrator Guide

Version 4.2 | Published December 04, 2020 ©

Working with Synchronous Output

With a dual channel setup it is easy to create two fill/key pairs for the left and right eye/camera during a stereo production. A special version of the Video Wall Distributor synchronously distributes one command to the two instances of the Viz Engine. For Viz Engine version 3.3 and later, it includes a built-in locking mechanism that makes sure both Viz Engines stay in sync, even if one of them drops a frame. This feature can be set On or Off by a simple command sent through the distributor.

This section contains information on the following topics:

Hardware Requirements

  • HP Z800 machine or better.

  • Two NVIDIA Quadro (GPUs must be identical).

  • Matrox video in- and output card.

Software Requirements

  • Viz Artist/Engine version 3.3 or later

Synchronous Output Configuration

The Viz Engine installer includes an option for dual channel support. Choosing this option generates desktop icons to start the configuration and the Viz Engine for channel 1 as well as for channel 2.

Note: Viz Artist is only available for channel 1 as it always runs on the first GPU.

The configurations use one video input per channel and embedded audio on the channel. The table below shows the main differences in the configurations:

Viz Engine 1

Viz Engine 2

Stereo Mode

LEFT_EYE

RIGHT_EYE

Video In A

Video1

Unused

Video In B

Unused

Video 1

Video In C+D

Unused

Unused

Clip A

Clip 1

Clip 1

Clip B

Clip 2

Clip 2

Video Out A

Fill

Unused

Video Out B

Unused

Fill

Video Out C

Key

Unused

Video Out D

Unused

Key

Communication Port

6700

6800

Since this configuration puts an extra load on the Matrox card, it is important to use the available resources with care:

  • In the video section of the scene, switch off all unused layers.

  • Let the GPU do the color conversion.
    The Matrox card itself is synced through the first instance of Viz Engine.

It is important that only one display is active in the NVIDIA control panel. If you span the desktop across multiple GPUs, the affinity mask has no effect and both engines render on GPU.

To Configure a Machine with Two Graphics Cards

  1. Install Viz Engine and create shortcuts for two channels using the -u1 and -u2 parameter.

  2. Create two copies of the selected Viz Config file and place them in your Viz directory and rename one to VIZENGINE-0.cfg and the other VIZENGINE-1.cfg

  3. Load the correct output format using the configuration profiles and apply dualchannel-0.cfg for instance 1 and dualchannel-1.cfg for instance 2

  4. Start Viz Config for both instances (channel 1 and channel 2) and enter settings for the Viz Graphics Hub (see Database) and enable Auto Log-in.

    • Auto log-in is needed as dual channel engines start without a UI.

  5. Start Viz Engine for channel 1 and then Viz Engine for channel 2.

    • Channel 1 signals are available on Matrox OutA (fill) and OutC (key).

    • Channel 2 signals are available on Matrox OutB (fill) and Out D (key).

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